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State Assembly Recognizes November as Native American Heritage Month

Throughout Indian country there are tribal leaders who exemplify what it means to be a leader among America’s first peoples. These leaders standout by their contributions to the strength and diversity instilled within society in areas like law, medicine, business, education and the United States Armed Forces.

Impacts in each of these fields can be seen this year as and an example is the recent tribal leaders meeting at the White House to discuss economic development strategies.

So when the news was announced on August 25 that the California State Assembly passed ACR 72: California Native American Heritage Month and to honor four leaders from California tribes it was only fitting.

Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) introduced the bill that was coauthored by 67 other assemblymembers. The resolution to recognize November 2011 as Native American History Month will also honor James Ramos, chair of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Nancy Ayala, tribal council vice-chair of the Picayune Indian Nation; Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Indian Nation; and Mary Ann Andreas, vice chair of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

“I am happy that Assemblyman Alejo initiated these recognition efforts for Indian tribes in California,” Ramos said in a tribal press release. “Native Americans have contributed significantly to make California what it is today. It is important to learn and know, for example, that in many parts of the state, the modern highways that we all use daily were once trails upon which Native people traveled to distant places for trade and commerce. Our state is rich in culture and history in a large part because of our contributions.”

ACR 72 heads to the State Senate.

Southeastern Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month throughout November beginning with guest speakers Jim Parrish, Richard Adams and Roger Scott on November 1.

Parrish, who has been the director of the School of Choctaw Language since December 2009, will discuss the importance of the Choctaw Language Program.

Adams, a Choctaw Nation historian, will share information about the tribe and significant historic events.

Scott will sing traditional Choctaw songs in Choctaw and discuss the significance of the songs to the Choctaw people. “Singing ties the language and history together and is a very vital part of the culture of the Choctaw people,” states a press release.

Southeastern will host Native American Student Visitation Day November 9 fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The school will also host the Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival from November 2-4 with keynote speaker Henrietta Mann.

For a complete listing of events visit the college’s Native American Center website or call 580-745-2376 or 580-745-2812.

Cherokee Nation Hosts Native American Heritage Month Activities

On November 9, the Cherokee Nation will host professor Tim Garrison of Portland State University, who will present a lecture titled, “The Cherokees in the Pac-12? Elisha Chester’s Bizarre Removal Plan,” which will illuminate an interesting part of Cherokee history.

“In the early 1830s, the United States government was trying to decide where to relocate the Southeastern Indian nations. In 1832, one of the Cherokee Nation’s attorneys, Elisha Chester, offered a bizarre plan for the Cherokees’ relocation. Garrison’s lecture will discuss Chester’s role in the removal crisis, describe his failed removal proposal and explain why the lawyer became a pariah among the Cherokee,” reported CherokeePhoenix.org.

Garrison’s lecture will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the W. W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

After the lecture, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., producers from Twin Path Productions will screen their film “Remember the Removal Bike Ride,” from the June 2011 event, when 18 Cherokees took the 1,000-mile bicycle ride from Georgia to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to remember the Trail of Tears.

After the film, from 3:30 to 4 p.m., Helena McCoy, a fifth-grade teacher from the Cherokee Immersion School, will present “My Awakening,” a Power Point presentation of pictures she took as a member of the West to East Tour. She will discuss her discovery of Cherokee people and places and history she encountered along the way.

Cherokee arts and crafts will take center stage on November 10 when from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., artists will be in the Tsa-La-Gi Community Room behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees, to teach people how to make a variety of items—baskets, cornhusk dolls, pinch pots, bead key rings, lanyards.

Arrive early if you want to learn stone carving from Freeman Owle, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as there are a limited number of stone carving kits available.

For the first time this year, a stickball game will be played at the Cherokee Nation complex, from noon to 3 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call Cathy Monholland at 918-453-5389 or email her at cathy-monholland@cherokee.org.

Colorado State University Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

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Colorado State University (CSU) is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with an array of activities and presentations to educate the campus community and the local community about Native American culture and history.

On Wednesday, November 9, check out “Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project: Assault on Our Indigenous Cultures” with Susan Harness, the CSU field director for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention. She will explore the history and issues of transracial adoption from noon to 1 p.m. in the Aylesworth Room C 111, on the CSU campus.

On Friday, November 11, check out the Duhesa Art Lounge exhibit opening from 5-8 p.m. at the Lory Student Center. This exhibition of work by contemporary Native American artists highlights their creativity and passion.

Throughout the month look for Native American Book Displays. For more information visit the Native American Cultural Center website or call 970-491-1332. For a complete listing of Native American Heritage Month events, check out the online calendar.

Michigan Tech Celebrates Native American History

This November, the Michigan Tech campus community is celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Month is observed every year to recognize the significant contributions Native Americans have made in our nation’s history and to share some of the culture’s unique traditions.

From making quill earrings to learning about the Ojibwe language, there are many educational events planned.

The following events are scheduled for the month-long celebration:

  • Quill Earring Night, Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m., Hamar House
  • Wild Rice Journey Native Plant Restoration, Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom (Ojibwe wild rice and fry bread will be served)
  • Introduction to the Ojibwe Language, Nov. 30, noon-1 p.m., Hamar House

All events are free and open to the public.

If you plan to attend either Quill Earring Night or Wild Rice Journey Plant Restoration, please email loriann@mtu.edu to RSVP.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society of Michigan Tech, Undergraduate Student Government and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Michigan Technological University is located at 1400 Townsend Drive, in Houghton, Michigan.

Native American Heritage Month Events Around Rochester, New York

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, communities around Rochester, New York have a number of Native American Heritage Month activities planned.

Tuesday, November 15

Community Read: “To Become a Human Being: The Message of Tadodaho Chief Leon Shenandoah” by Steve Wall from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., in Pittsford, New York. Free. For more information call 585-742-1690 or visit the Ganondagan website.

Wednesday, November 23

Seneca Stories with Ronnie Reitter: Listen to traditional stories from the Seneca Nation told by a storyteller with the Ganondagan State Historic Site. This event will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave. in Rochester, New York. For more information call 585-428-8150 or visit the Library website.

Saturday, December 3

Day of Celebration 2011: This year’s Native American culture focused event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cleary Auditorium of Kearney Hall at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave., in Pittsford, New York. For more information call 585-385-8378 or visit the St. John Fisher website.

University of Nevada Partners With Nike N7, Super Dunker Kenny Dobbs Will Put on Halftime Show

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The University of Nevada is going to get quite a halftime show in their November 17 game against Pacific.  Nike N7 ambassador and slam-dunk superstar Kenny Dobbs, Choctaw, will perform at halftime of the Wolf Pack’s men’s basketball game vs. Pacific as part of the university’s partnership with Nike N7 and celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

“We are so excited to have an entertainer like Kenny Dobbs at our basketball game and want to thank Nike N7 General Manager Sam McCracken and Nike N7 for making this possible,” said Rory Hickok, Nevada’s senior associate athletics director for external operations in a press release. “Kenny will entertain Wolf Pack fans with a high-energy, high-flying halftime show that should not be missed.”

The Wolf Pack is partnering with Nike N7 to “raise awareness about the program and show support to the Native American communities in northern Nevada by celebrating Native American Heritage Month at four events this month: the Nov. 10 volleyball match vs. Utah State, the Nov. 17 men’s basketball game vs. Pacific, the Nov. 19 football game vs. Louisiana Tech and the Nov. 25 women’s basketball game vs. Butler in the Nugget Classic.”

Gala Honors Native American Youth

Fourteen Native American youth stood, some shy, some outgoing, to receive the handshakes and hugs of a proud community, including some 500 attendees of the 8th Annual American Indian Scholars Gala presented by the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (RMICC) November 10 in Denver.

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Veterans at an honoring by the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce at its annual gala. (Photo by Carol Berry)

“Warriors: On the Field and in the Classroom,” the event’s theme, was carried out through $21,000 in scholarships from the Colorado Indian Education Foundation (CIEF), Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and individual contributions from RMICC members.

The event, held during Native American Heritage Month and on the eve of Veterans Day, included an honoring for Native Americans veterans, concluding with a presentation of ceremonial arrows and a Native flute rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Dee St. Cyr, Hoonch Henuk-ga (Bear Woman), Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, RMICC chairwoman, and Josh Running Wolf, Blackfeet Tribe, RMICC president, welcomed those who attended, some from out of state.

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia, keynote speaker, is executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and chairman of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. He told scholarship recipients that they should “demonstrate (they) are worthy of that support” to people who had believed in them.

Students awarded scholarships were presented with Pendleton blankets and honored with a song.

Those who received $2,000 scholarships from CIEF included Sarah Hernandez, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, who accepted the Ernest House Sr. Memorial Scholarship, initiated in honor of the former Ute Mountain Ute tribal chairman who died in an accident November 5. Hernandez is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in English at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) who said the scholarship will help her achieve her future plans to teach and conduct research at a tribal college.

Other CIEF recipients, all at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus were Ursula Running Bear, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a Ph.D. candidate in the clinical science program, who plans to continue her work with Natives on completion of the graduate program; Crystal LoudHawk, Navajo, from Sanostee, New Mexico, who is a Ph.D. student and senior professional research associate/community liaison who plans to conduct research to benefit Natives; and Amanda Skenadore, Navajo, from Chinle, Arizona, in her first year of graduate study, who plans to use her master’s degree in Native American health promotion/disease prevention.

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Isaac Wak Wak, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, greeter at the RMICC gala. (Photo by Carol Berry)

Also a recipient of a $2,000 CIEF award was Daniel Cordalis, Navajo, from Durango, Colorado, who is finishing law school and working on a Ph.D. in environmental studies at CU-Boulder focusing on Indian law and natural resources/public lands law.

DMNS awarded $2,000 scholarships to Evan Bekes, Navajo from Bloomfield, New Mexico, a freshman at the University of Northern Colorado, who plans to become an athletic trainer or physical therapist; and Brooke Sanders, Navajo/Oglala Sioux, from Boulder, who plans to become a sports writer after majoring at CU-Boulder in kinesiology or journalism.

Among recipients of $1,000 scholarships from RMICC members were the following students, shown with donors of their scholarships: Amanda Jordan Campbell, a third-year student at the CU-Denver School of Dental Medicine, who is helping initiate the first Colorado chapter of an organization aiding minority and underserved communities—Donor: Tocabe an American Indian Eatery; Anthony Pino Nicholson, Navajo/Mescalero Apache, a junior in mechanical engineering and mathematics at Colorado State University (CSU), who plans to work in solar renewable energy—Donor: Holly Arnold Kinney; Kyle McIntosh, Choctaw, a senior in mechanical engineering at CU-Colorado Springs, who works as a manufacturing engineering technician—Donor: Wells Fargo.

Other RMICC members’ $1,000 awards went to Archie Dalton, Ketchikan, Alaska, Tsimshian Tribe, who is attending CU-Denver and working toward a degree in computer animation—Donor: Asmadi; Veronica Rayne Lane, Navajo, Tohlakai, New Mexico, pursuing an MBA at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in finance, and hoping to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs—Donor: A Resource; and Raymond Foxworth, Navajo, Tuba City, Arizona, a Ph.D. student in political science, CU-Boulder, who would like to work at a college or university—Donor: Rick and Sally Williams; and Nicole Kenote, Menominee Nation member, Littleton, Colorado, a senior in biomedical science and in the Honors Program at CSU—Donor: Mike Kehoe.

Jerry Grilly, president and CEO of the Denver Post, was selected for the RMICC Board Award for the Post’s support of RMICC and its scholarship program. St. Cyr said he is the first non-Native to receive the award. The award “exemplifies traditional Native values of respect, honesty, reciprocity and humility,” St. Cyr said.